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Full text of "The Cambridge Natural History"

WART HOGS

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in  this  country   down   to   so  late   a   period  as  the   end   of  the
sixteenth century.

The African "Wart Hog, genus JPhctcochoerus, is usually regarded

FIG. 143.—Wart Hog.     Phacochoerus aetMopicus,     x £.

as the type of a distinct genus of Tigs. This animal, " super-
latively ugly " with its huge tusks and great protuberances upon
the face, is chiefly to he
distinguished from the
genus Sus by these char-
acters, and "by the com-
plexity of the last molar,
which, with the tusks,
are sometimes in. aged
animals the only teeth
left. The complete for-
mula is Pmf- M-|, There
are two species of this
genus, JP. aetJiiopicus and
JR. africanus. "When en-
raged the Wart Hog is said to carry its tail directly up, and to
present a ludicrous as well as ferocious appearance.

The   Celebesian   Babyroussa,   genus   jBetfrirtisct,,   is   an   almost
hairless hog with enormously upturned tusks in both jaws of the

Fra. 144.—Head of Wart Hog,